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EU Parliament : Those pushing for Sanctions v. Hungary are a Minority !

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament Vote's full Results, clearly reveal the Fact that a Controversial Call to put unprecedented Sanctions against the Popular Hungarian Government of Victor Orban, isn't backed but Only by a MEPs' Minority :

Indeed, out of a Total of 750 MEPs in EU Parliament, it's only 342 who Voted for that, (i.e. Less than the Half), while, on the Contrary, 408 (i.e. an Absolute Majority), dd NOT.

In particular, 303 MEPs Voted Against, 38 Abstained, and 67 were exceptionaly Absent from that Vote.

Almost 5 Political Groups were Against : The Biggest of all, i.e. that of ChristianDemocrats/"EPP", the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" Group^, the Conservatives and Reformists, the "Nations and Freedoms", well as most "Independents". In addition, it's even many ... Leftists, who joined them.

So that those who Voted for Sanctions came Only from the Left side of the Political spectrum : Socialists, Liberals, Greens and part of Leftists.


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+ An even Bigger Majority of MEPs did NOT Vote a Demand for EU Parliament's LIBE Committee to Officialy "Initiate the Proceedings" for an EU Council act according to Article 7(1) of EU Treaty on Sanctions in case of "Serious Threat" to EU Values, as the Left claimed :

 

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Only a Minority of 346 (out of EU Parliament's 750) MEPs Voted that Crucial point, while an Absolute Majority of 404 MEPs did NOT.
Indeed, 311 MEPs prefered to Vote Against, 29 Abstained, and 64 MEPs were Exceptionaly Absent.

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The main New Accusations by Critics against the popular Hungarian Government of Victor Orban, (who has Won all Recent Elections (National and European), have been Triggered by alleged Measures against Controversial Multi-Billionaire Soros' private "University" that he had implanted in Budapest, as well as by attempts to make respect "Transparency" in various NGOs Funded by Foreign sources from Abroad, and to Better Monitor the Giant Influx of Mass Asyum Seekers/Irregular Migrants entering in Europe particularly Smuggled through Neighbouring Turkey, (even if Hungary already Hosts a 1st Record High Percentage of such Mass Migrants, in relation to its Native Population, with a Proportion Bigger even from that in Germany and/or in Greece), etc.

 
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Already, the otherwise very Critical CoE's PanEuropean Commissioner for Human Rights, Muižnieks, has Acknowledged the Fact that Hungary has a "Thriving", as he underlined, "Civil Society" with "many Activists", but pro-Government circles have also Complained about alleged Risks for several among them to be Manipulated by Foreign circles, located Abroad.

Russia and other Countries have recently tried to Better Control or OutLaw such NGOs Funded by Foreigners from Abroad. All 3 main Presidential Candidates of the Right in France had planned, in their pre-Electoral programs and Popular promises, to Check at least Islamic Mosques funded inside Europe by Qatar and/or Saudi Arabia, etc. After the recent Berlin Massacre of innocent Civilians targetted by an irregular Migrant visiting a Controversial Mosque Funded and Controlled by the controversial Turkish Organisation IDLIB, the German Government denounced a lot of Imams controlled by Ankara's Government who are reportedly Spying on various alleged Dissidents inside Europe.


Meanwhile, Greek President Pavlopoulos, a former French-educated University Professor of Law, replying recently to MEPs' Questions at CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, denounced the fact that, Opposite to Real Refugees wo would be "Easy to Integrate" in Europe, Turkish Smugglers are Sending also many Irregular Economic Migrants and even several Thugs or even Criminals, as he said, urging the EU to Help the Greek Authorities in "Distinguishing" between those Different groups in real Practice.


While it's also a notorious Fact that several among Paris' Deadly ISIl's Terrorists had been Hidden among so-called Mass "Refugees" who enterer EU Member Greece through Turkey, a recently Growing Number of various kinds of Brutal Aggressions against innocent Civilian People by Thugs throughout Many Countries in Europe, that they massively infiltrated via Turkey. But Ankara Government's frequent Threats to unleash even More Massive Irregular Migrants' waves towards Europe, if its Demands are Not Satisfied by the EU, could have been a Lethal Blackmail for Europe's image and reality, if several Western Balkans' Countries, after Hungary and later Austria, etc., hadn't Succeeded, in the meantime, to practicaly Close the "Balkan Route" for massive Human Smuggling into the EU.

However, (and despite a growing Popularity of at least some among Victor Orban's policies, not only in  Europe, but also in the USA, etc), curiously, many Socialist or LIberal circles suddenly, started to Target and systematically Harass Hungary, particularly during the End of former US President Obama's term (2013-1/2017), withOut even Accepting a Compromise (with Critical but Measured moves) offered this week by the Head of ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group of MEPs in EU Parlliament, Manfred Weber.


On the Contrary, they Rejected, earlier Today, not only an Alternative Draft Resolution tabled by Weber on Hungary for this purpose, but even 2 Key Compromise Amendments that he had presented meanwhile, and which could have easily find a Majority of MEPs ready to Vote for them, in a much more United Eu Parliament

 

=> In such conditions, it's obviously Unlikely that EU Council might ever find at least a required "Qualified Majority" to Yield to such controversial desiderata pushed Only by a Smaller than expected Number of MEPs of the Left only (Comp. Supra). 

 

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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

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In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.


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- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".

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- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".
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 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.

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